Council urges people to social distance in local parks

Worcestershire County Council say their parks and nature reserves will be open over the Bank Holiday weekend.

Sites including Waseley Hills Country Park and Hartlebury Common will be among those welcoming visitors.

But the local authority are reminding those using the green spaces to continue social distancing after widespread criticism of people who appeared to be ignoring it earlier this week.

Pictures were widely circulated on social media, showing people flocking to beaches across the country as the UK experienced its hottest weather so far this year.

Southend-on-Sea Borough Council went as far as issuing a social media campaign urging people not to visit after photographs showed its crowded beach earlier in the week.

Worcestershire's Director of Public Health, Dr Kathryn Cobain, said: “Exercise is a vital element of keeping our bodies and minds healthy.

“During an uncertain time, exercise can offer people an opportunity to relax and take their minds off the current situation, as well as keep us fit whilst we are not moving around as often during the day.

“Of course, it is still incredibly important that we all adhere to social distancing rules, whilst we are out exploring Worcestershire’s beautiful countryside and that we remember to wash our hands as soon as we return home.”

Cllr. Lucy Hodgson, the council's cabinet member for communities, added: “With Government guidelines now stating that you can leave your house to exercise more than once a day, it is the perfect time to get out and explore our beautiful county.

“The teams who manage our country parks and green spaces in Worcestershire have been working hard to make sure that the areas are safe and looking their best ready for visitors.

“We urge everyone to follow the Government guidelines to keep everyone safe.”

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